No Happy Ending For Devastated Yemen


by Thomas W. Lippman Somewhere there may be hopeful signs about the stalemated war in Yemen, some optimistic visions about the country’s future, but if so they were not discernible at a well-attended conference in Washington on March 31. Diplomats,… Continue Reading  

Negotiations Going Nowhere Fast in Yemen


by Adam Simpson After seven months of an intense civil war, resulting in a rapid deterioration of the already fragile humanitarian crisis and over 5,400 casualties, the Yemeni government should be eager to pursue a negotiated settlement. Both Houthi rebels… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

On his second day of taken on the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed visits Liberia.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SRSG and Head of UNMEER) in a meeting at the Ebola Operation Center (EOC) in Liberia.
Monrovia, Liberia, on 6 January 2015
Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

by Thomas W. Lippman Three months after Saudi Arabia rounded up a few allies and began an intensive bombing campaign against the rebels known as Houthis across the border in Yemen, a conventional wisdom has developed. “It has not worked,”… Continue Reading